Sunday, 19 May 2019

Community table top sale in the bowls green

By Pippa.
What an amazing day! 
Today we had nearly 40 stalls set up on the Bowls Green in Mayow Park and selling all sorts from toys, books and games through to clothes, jewellery, make-up, plants and cakes.
People had to lug their bits from their cars parked outside the park, but it's not too far and people helped each other.
FOMP stall starting to set up. (Image by Pippa)
The stalls looked great in neat rows, thanks to forward planning by Darren A.  We opened at 10 a.m and from that time through to1p.m we had a steady flow of people. Over 200 adults paid the 50p entrance - kids of course were free.
The FOMP stall was selling donations from people and telling visitors what FOMP is and does. I think it definitely raised awareness of who we are just by us hosting it.
The weather was perfect - not too hot for all the setting up but warm enough that lots of people were in the park anyway. In fact there was a school fun run and I made sure I ran over to ask parents 'Please come over after your run'.
More stalls setting up
Throughout the event people asked if we'll have another one -  definitely something for us to think about. It's not a huge money maker for FOMP due to liability insurance costs but it did raise some funds and will certainly consider holding another event.
We thank everyone who supported us to make this happen. We hope everyone had fun as they looked pretty happy, certainly the people who grabbed great bargains!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Come to our Table top sale 19th May

By Pippa

We are hoping for a great community event, a chance for people to make some money with a bit of fundraising too for the park!  37 stalls booked for Sunday - I cannot believe it! FOMP might even do better than break even - very exciting. Keep spreading the word and do come along! Thanks x

Invertebrates among the foliage

These stunning photos were taken by Ron Packham around the herb bed on 10th May 2019. The photos include dainty blue flowers of  forget-me-not.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Path edging and seed sowing

A garden looks well maintained when it has a clear boundary between plant bed and paths. There are all sorts of suitable edging materials including a rustic  look using lengths of logs or the more formal look using floor boards or brick edges. Friends of Mayow Park look after a herb bed we call The Triangle near the cafe and the old timber path edging is mostly rotted now.
This morning Mike and Alona used recycled floor boards to replace some of the rotted timber. We were happy with the outcome but could do with more boards to complete the task another time.

We also sowed seeds: lupins, sweet peas and nasturtiums.  These, if they grow, will add colour when the forget-me-not and self-heal have finished flowering.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

FLOWERS in the Triangle bed

Photos taken today of the flowering plants in the Triangle bed, a space looked after by Friends of Mayow Park.
Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)


By Pippa.
The triangle herb bed needs caring for as it has a prime spot near the cafe entrance to the park and if you are sat having a coffee outside the cafe you certainly will be looking at it and now hopefully admiring it. Full of Forget-me-nots (Myosotis) it is looking rather colourful now.

Look out for another attractive flower at the moment, common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris). Though its soft pink/ purple colour is muted compared to Forget-me-not, it plays an important role in attracting pollinator insects. Watch carefully and see bees flying to the flowers.

The dead brown stalks are gone and the herbs will be on their way up shortly. The rosemary is doing well and I saw the cafe staff taking snips today which is great - fresh herbs for their lovely food menu. This work is down to a few FOMP members but anyone can join our 'gardening club'.

It's very rewarding to transform an area like this in a short time.

Friday, 5 April 2019


28th March 2019 and our planned Spring Clean in Mayow Park arrived. We were taking part in the annual one-month-long national campaign organised by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

This community-led event aims to clean up litter from our streets, parks and beaches. In particular, we are all aware of the huge amount of publicity about single-use plastic, how it harms wildlife and makes an area feel unloved. For our event, our focus was only on Mayow Park.
Today’s event included our local Safer Neighbourhood team of police,  our park keeper and one of his colleagues, five pupils from year three of Our Lady and St Philip Neri primary school with their class teacher Mrs Moss as well as FOMP (Friends of Mayow Park) volunteers and a very well-behaved dog. The children met the police and held their litter picking sticks high to show they were keen to get to work.
Children with their litter sticks at the ready 
Our park-keeper spends just two days a week in our park but in those two days he can’t go into all the wooded areas of the park to clear up tiny pieces of plastic and dumped items. Today’s event was also aimed at helping him.
spreading out to seek out litter
Armed with our litter picks and big bin bags we all headed off .
The wooded space parallel to Mayow Road was full of rubbish including empty fast food containers, bottles, cans and general rubbish. Some of the spring-clean team stayed there for most of the morning, removing as much as they could.
into the woods
Others went into wooded areas around the park perimeter and along the meadow.

The children and their teacher did their pick-up mainly in the open spaces, which at first glance appeared relatively litter-free. Yet they managed to fill TWO large bin bags with rubbish. The children commented on how many Haribo sweet wrappers and empty packets they found. They had to leave us after roughly 45 minutes and return to school. Their help was invaluable.
When we all gathered together at the end of the clean-up we were surprised to see we had filled 15 bin bags with rubbish but we had not been able to recycle anything as most recyclables were ‘contaminated’,  meaning too dirty to put into recycling bins. The police, with their equipment, had also found two large knives which had been discarded in the woodland running alongside Mayow Road.
Not buried treasure!

Some of those involved in our event & bags of rubbish
Thank you to everyone who joined in today. The general feeling was that we had achieved much, collected a lot of rubbish and helped to clean up our much-loved park. At the same time it raised the question of why some people seem to feel it is OK to drop litter.
We are aiming to take part in the National Spring Clean again next year.